The Ipoh City Council (MBI) will introduce cashless payments at almost all Ramadan bazaars under its supervision this year.
Mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin explained that the cashless transaction method will be implemented in collaboration with Maybank Berhad.
According to Rumaizi, the activities of Ramadan bazaars this year will involve a total of 1,065 business lots at 25 locations with practice of the new normal to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“Visitors and traders of Ramadan bazaars are encouraged to use the e-wallet application, in line with MBI’s aspiration towards a smart city.
“We will finalise the matter through implementation with Maybank,” he stated.
To ensure physical distancing, each business lot will be placed three metres apart from one another while the wearing of face masks by traders is compulsory. Other arrangements include body temperature screening, hand sanitisation and officers placed at the bazaar entrance.
“Meanwhile, traders must be healthy with no symptoms, have obtained anti-typhoid vaccination, have attended food handling courses and are experienced in operating food businesses,” he highlighted.
“We also ensure that the Ramadan bazaar organiser is one with experience. However, the surveillance and control activities on the operation of Ramadan bazaars are still conducted by officers from the Public Health and Council Services Division as well as the Licensing and Enforcement Division of the MBI,” he added.